Given our druthers, the wrecking ball could be summoned to the Colt building post-haste. However, we do not have the deciding vote on the Oak Park village board, and we respect that, at this juncture, a narrow majority of that board wants to save the large, art deco building that fronts both Lake Street and Westgate.
We were sitting around after Thanksgiving dinner, more than a little sated and sedated by the wine and the turkey's tryptophan and our over-stretched stomachs, and the meandering conversation turned, as it often does, to what's wrong with the world.
I am writing to clarify the position of the Campaign for a Smoke Free Oak Park that was misrepresented in an article on Nov. 16. We have asked for, and Village President David Pope has agreed to facilitate, a meeting with some in the community who oppose a comprehensive clean indoor air act in Oak Park.
I want to personally thank the many, many people who have written e-mails, letters to the editor or called in regards to the Downtown Oak Park (DTOP) Citizen Steering Committee plan. Certainly the volunteers on the steering committee and the many citizens who participated in the process also deserve our thanks.
Dear Mr. Houlihan, Cook County Assessor's Office, I was in the audience a few months ago when you appeared at Oak Park Village Hall to talk about our real estate assessments. I remember you stating how you wanted your office and the process to be more "transparent." I also noted your website states:
New Spirit Community Church is an open, welcoming, inclusive congregation. Whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, you are welcome as part of the church family. We each have spiritual needs; we are each on a journey.
Thanks for focusing on our very special church here in Oak Park?#34;New Spirit Church on Adams and Scoville [Two views, same pew, Oct. 5]. We are an unusual church family. Our makeup is gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender. Like a family, we love each other, and we are not without our differences. My family argues, too. Anger would flare, then subside, but communication was allowed.
The developers and retailers who are engaged in the Downtown Oak Park process, most of whom are not residents, seem to be very confused about our process and what has occurred in our community recently. They shouldn't be.
In the November 2004 election, the Bush campaign contrasted its "faith-based" view of the world with the "reality-based" community of journalists, war critics, and liberals?#34;and then dismissed the latter.